Cultural Change And Cultural Genocide
Even without moving into what can be described as cultural genocide it can certainly be argued that a group is destroyed already when its components, besides the physical lives of the group members, are eliminated.
As has been pointed out previously, the groups that are protected under the UNGC cannot be distinguished if there are not characteristics that make them different from surrounding peoples. Once again the works of Lemkin through the drafting of the UNGC illustrate this point. He emphasized that physical and cultural existence are one in the same insofar as an ‘attack on a group’s physical existence is also an attack on it’s cultural existence, and vice versa.’
Cultures shape the worldview people hold, the view and understanding of human rights, the reasons for protecting human rights and it also shapes one cultures fear of differing cultures. It is therefore necessary to understand what culture is and its components in order to not only reshape the concept of cultural genocide but also to provide a solid analysis of the differences between cultural genocide and cultural change.